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Can symptoms of pulmonary embolism (chest tightness, heart palpitations) come and go, or will they be constant if it's a dangerous pe clot?

Can symptoms of pulmonary embolism (chest tightness, heart palpitations) come and go, or will they be constant if it's a dangerous pe clot?

Yes: Many causes however, so exam and testing is required to be definitive. Small recurrent emboli are known and can be intermittent and variable, and eventually lethal. ...Read more

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Embolus (Definition)

Usually a blood clot that migrates from one area of the body to another. Most commonly a clot from a leg vein to the lung . It can also pertain to a clot, or atheromatous material that moves from one segment to another, such as cholesterol material in a carotid lesion moving into the ...Read more

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Living with Congestive Heart Failure (Checklist)

Weigh yourself daily. Alert doctor to any increases.
Daily
Take medications as prescribed
Once
Tell the doctor if your legs swell or you get short of breath
Once
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Is it possible to increase heart muscle after a heart attack followed by triple bypass followed by pulmonary embolism?

Is it possible to increase heart muscle after a heart attack followed by triple bypass followed by pulmonary embolism?

Yes: check with your cardiologist and heart surgeon. Discuss aspirin, betablockade, clopidogrel, statin and ACE inhibitor. Perhaps other drugs. Anticoagulation is mandatory. High complexity disease needs expert docs. ...Read more

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I am 51. At 47 i had tia, dvt, pulmonary embolism, hole in heart. I am on warfarin and aggrenox. New white places in brain. Should i be concerned?

I am 51.  At 47 i had tia, dvt, pulmonary  embolism, hole in heart.  I am on warfarin and aggrenox.  New white places in brain.  Should i be concerned?

Yes: Atrial septal defects and patent foramen ovale are the most common (heart holes). The fact that you have a history of tias and dvt/pe should be a concern for a paradoxical embolus. You should see a cardiologist who should refer you to a structural interventional cardiologist or a minimally invasive cardiac surgeon to repair this defect. ...Read more

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Living with Congestive Heart Failure (Checklist)

Weigh yourself
Weekly
Limit your salt intake
Once
Call your doctor if you gain more than 5 pounds
Once
Take your medications as prescribed
Once
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Can a low heart cause pulmonary embolism?

Can a low heart cause pulmonary embolism?

No: I'm guessing that you mean a heart that lays low in the chest. This would not cause pulmonary embolism; in fact the position of the heart would have no effect on pulmonary embolism, which is caused by clots in veins (usually in the legs or pelvis) breaking loose and traveling to the lung. ...Read more

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Living with Congestive Heart Failure (Checklist)

Keep doctor visits
Once
Take medications
Daily
Maintain low-salt, low-water intake
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Exercise under physician guidance
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Does your heart rate go up rapidly during amniotic-fluid embolism?

Does your heart rate go up rapidly  during amniotic-fluid embolism?

Yes and then you die: Afe is a very rare but frequently lethal condition for the parturient. Unheralded cardiovascular collapse and disseminated intravascular coagulation are the main manifestations and can prove lethal very quickly even with expert care. ...Read more

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Cardiac (Definition)

Cardiac is also known as Heart. Cardiac translates literally to "heart, " and any place the term is seen, such ...Read more

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